Over the last few years we’ve seen many different advances in plastic and cosmetic surgery which have meant that many more people are now able to undergo the procedures they want and enjoy much quicker, easier recovery times. Well, there may well be another revolution on the way which seems set to shake the very foundations of the industry.
According to the editor of Makemeheal.com, Lois W Stern, stem cells could be engineered in such a way which as would offer a huge helping and innovative hand to the cosmetic surgery industry. Lipoaspirate, which is a product generally used for liposuction, could, according to Stern, by engineered into cells which can regenerate. It is hoped that such a move could lead to less invasive procedures for such major work as facelifts. Stem cells always seem to find themselves in the news as they are a highly controversial thing to begin tampering with; essentially they are cells, found naturally in the body, which have the ability to grow new cells and even to change the type of cells which are being produced.
Recently, thanks to legislation pushed through by new U.S President Barack Obama, medical research regarding stem cells has become legal and Stern feels that this change to the law could well yield exciting and innovative breakthroughs. The biggest changes seen could be in the sustainability of fat tissue implanted in the face; if the tissue were to last longer then this would reduce the need for complex and highly invasive procedures which can often take a long time to recover from. Other possible innovations include manipulating stem cells to differentiate into fat cells, something which could have far-reaching consequences for the world of plastic surgery.
The world of stem-cells will always be a controversial one, for political and religious reasons but, if these new discoveries will help plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery as much as is being suggested then they should certainly be welcomed by an industry which is always trying to regenerate itself and come up with new and fresh ideas. The numbers of people undergoing cosmetic surgery all around the world have dramatically increased over the last decade and this is due to the new treatments and the quicker recovery times which are now being offered. If these new ideas come to fruition then that can only be a good thing for the industry.